Henry Huff

Henry Huff

Male 1817 - 1877  (60 years)

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  • Name Henry Huff 
    Born 29 Jul 1817  New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Nov 1877  Fayette, Hillsdale Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Somerset View Cemetery, Jonesville, Hillsdale Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Submitted to Mrs Lou Chauncey Wheeler, Historian, Coldwater Chapter of
      D.A.R. by M. Belle Huff Schmedlen (3rd child by 2nd wife of Henry
      Huff):
      Henry Huff resided in New York for a few years prior to moving to
      Michigan in 1834. He and his brother and family made the trip in a
      covered wagon. The wagon became home until they could fell trees to
      build a log house.
      In 1840, Henry Huff married Mariah Franklin. Mariah died in 1847
      leaving one daughter, Sarah.
      In 1851, Henry Huff married Mary Briggs of Honeoye, New York. They
      had three daughters; Fannie, Eva and Mary Belle.
      Henry Huff bought two hundred and forty acres of land in Hillsdale
      County, Michigan. He, with the help of one hired man, cleared the
      land with an ox team. They often averaged two acres per day.
      Huff rapidly acquired a fortune, by hard but ingenious labor. He
      improved his stock by importing cattle from his native state, New
      Jersey, and sheep from Vermont. He was one of the first importers in
      Michigan and paid as high as $3,000 for one sheep. His stock was on
      exhibition at fairs and received their merited first premiums.
      Huff also gave great care to the raising of 1" bees and was a large
      honey dealer. He was one of the men who established the Hillsdale
      County Fair.
      Henry Huff was also one of the founders of Hillsdale College. He
      served the County as Supervisor for a period of nine years and served
      in the Michigan State Legislature two terms as Senator. His portrait
      still hangs in the Hillsdale County Court House.
      Henry Huff was one of a few successful men who were willing to share
      the honor of their prosperity equally with his wife. In describing
      Mary Briggs Huff, it had been said; "A more thorough lady, and one
      more willing to help and encourage her husband, and more ready to
      assist the poor, is seldom found in any community."
      Mr. and Mrs. Huff were members of the Methodist Church. They both
      sang in the choir for many years.
      Henry Huff died at the age of fifty-nine, honored and beloved by all
      who knew him. His untimely death was caused from the effects of an
      injury received when his team of spirited horses ran away at the
      Hillsdale County Fair.
    Person ID I4684  OurNorthernRoots | Andrew Burdett Ancestry
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2012 

    Family 1 Mariah Franklin,   b. 1818,   d. 14 Jan 1847, Hillsdale Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years) 
    Married 1840 
    Children 
     1. Sarah Huff,   b. Abt 1845
    Family ID F9032  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Briggs,   b. 7 May 1823, Richmond, Ontario Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1899, Hillsdale Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 1851 
    Children 
    +1. Fannie A. Huff,   b. 7 Dec 1854, Hillsdale Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1920, Hillsdale Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    +2. Eva W. Huff,   b. 8 Feb 1857
    +3. Mary Belle Huff,   b. 16 Jul 1863,   d. 4 Sep 1937  (Age 74 years)
    Family ID F634  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Jul 1817 - New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Nov 1877 - Fayette, Hillsdale Co., Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Somerset View Cemetery, Jonesville, Hillsdale Co., Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
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